Ravindra Jadeja was unstoppable on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at Rajkot. Not only did he hit his maiden Test century, but also took a wicket and registered a run-out. Although India are in a commanding position in the opening Test of the series, captain Virat Kohli’s reaction to Ravindra Jadeja-effected run out proves how passionate he is about winning the match. The incident occurred in the 12th over of the match when a miscommunication between Windies batsmen Sunil Ambris and Shimron Hetmyer saw the latter depart for 10, courtesy a Jadeja direct hit.
Explaining the whole incident that left Kohli unimpressed, Jadeja said, “Both batsmen were at the same end, so I thought I could easily hit the stumps. I was just walking at the stumps and I didn’t think he (Hetmyer) will start running.
“I can’t think what would have happened if I hadn’t hit the stumps, but then I threw it and luckily it hit the stumps,” Jadeja further added.
Talking about his maiden Test century, Jadeja said, “Obviously after nine years of international cricket I am scoring a hundred, so it is a special moment. Whenever I reached 70-80 in the past I thought about my hundred but threw my wicket away.
“I have made big hundreds in the domestic circuit, so I thought I can get hundreds at the international level too. Today I told myself that I need to reach the mark. I was really happy; whenever you get your first Test hundred it gives you a lot of joy,” the left-handed batsman said.
(With PTI inputs)